Our Mission and Vision - Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation, and educational programs. Every day, we work hard to pursue our vision that “every person, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their community.”Our Purpose - Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has focused on one goal: To improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. Disabilities include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, autism and related intellectual disabilities. These sports opportunities transform the people we serve, highlighting the potential in each of us, embodied in our motto: “If I can do this, I can do anything!”Our Strength - Our unique structure as a community-based chapter network allows Disabled Sports USA to reach people across the country, through a grassroots approach that supports local chapters in identifying the needs of the communities they serve.Our Impact - Each year through our nationwide network, we serve over 60,000 youth, wounded warriors and adults through a nationwide network of over 120 community-based chapters in more than 40 states nationwide. Over 50 different sports are offered, including alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, kayaking, water skiing, sailing, scuba, surfing, rafting, outrigger canoeing, fishing, hiking, golf, athletics, archery, cycling, running/wheeling, rock climbing, equestrian and others.
A PUBLICATION OF DISABLED SPORTS USA
VOLUME 20 | NUMBER 3
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Kirk Bauer, JD,
GET OUT AND RACE
DISABLED SPORTS USA’S E-TEAM
EXPANDS TO INCLUDE ALL
Pakistani Teen, Earthquake Survivor
and Ski Racer
GET YOUR KICKS WITH ADAPTED
WARFIGHTER ANTHONY SMITH
Finds Path to Success
in Giving Back
DISCOVER WHEELCHAIR CURLING
It’s Stone Cold Fun!
Find Your Local Chapter
Find an Event Near You This Winter
Cover photo courtesy of World Taekwondo Federation
I was first introduced to the sport of skiing in 1969 soon after losing my leg in
Vietnam. The freedom of barreling down a mountain was exactly what I needed
after my injury. I threw myself fully into the sport and was eventually named as
a member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, the precursor to the U.S. Paralympic
Skiing, and racing in particular, helped me get back into life and live
Disabled Sports USA’s motto, “If I can do this, I can do anything.” The skills
and confidence I gained when I succeeded on the mountain have translated to
the rest of my life and career. Forty-eight years after my injury, I continue to ski
and reap those benefits to this day!
For this reason, I am especially proud of our partnership with NASTAR, the
largest public grassroots ski race program in the world.
For the second year in a row, our partnership has oered an introductory-
level race program, which provides more adaptive athletes